* Posts by Rich 2

219 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

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I see you're trying to leak a file! US military seeks Clippy-like AI to stop future Snowdens

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AI

Am I correct in thinking that these days, "AI" is just a pseudonym for "data analysis" (you know - the stuff that we've been doing for donkeys). In the same way that "cloud" is a pseudonym for "server" ?

..."and from now on, radiation will be known as 'magic moon beams' "

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China-based hackers take an interest in Cambodia's elections

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Why don't systems like this simply block anything and everything from China/Russia/Somalia/<add gangster/anarchic/ruthless dictatorship of your choice> ?

In fact, why not just block all this stuff from even entering <add nice fluffy western democracy of your choice> entirely ?

Nothing good ever comes out of these countries. And if you really need to communicate with them, there's always the phone

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Fitness app Polar even better at revealing secrets than Strava

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Brave new world

It's bizarre that the default settings for anything involved with personal information seem to be "share will anyone that cares to look"

And I really must be getting very old but I'm baffled by people's desire/apathy to have their every movement tracked, whether it's running around the park, visiting your granny, or taking the bins out.

I've just come back from a lovely weekend away but I must be very strange because I don't feel any compulsion to advertise it on faecesbook or twitter, and while I was away, I didn't enable the satnav on my phone and sign up to "please-track-my-every-movement-and-post-it-on-the-internet.com"

Jeez! What is wrong with me?????!!!!!!

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Four US govt agencies poke probe in Facebook following more 'oops, we spilled your data' shocks

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Can't the gov stop Faecesbook trading until this is all cleared up?

Such action might finally force FB to cooperate - well, they wouldn't have anything else to do, would they?

Or, as has been mentioned above, just nuke the shit out of them

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RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

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Ah, The Herbs was quality! I loved it when I was little.

They, quite literally, don't make them like that any more; these creations were made with love - I don't see that in any modern CGI wham-bam garish animation

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DNS ad-hocracy in peril as ICANN advisors mull root server shakeup

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Re: Just say no

Ok, 12 is enough to be getting on with

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Just say no

Of course, the 13 root server admins could just ignore ICANN.

And what could ICANN (or anyone else for that matter) do about it? Short of blocking the IP addresses of the servers (which would require an awful lot of co-operation from lots of other people), not much.

...and the cyber-world would carry on spinning...

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Void Linux gave itself to the void, Korora needs a long siesta – life is hard for small distros

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Void

I really hope the void peeps can sort out the problems.

I only very recently discovered void and I love it. It's very minimal and simple - just like BSD.

If you're the type that likes to actually understand what's happening (rather than blindly following a "click this then that. Enter your weight and hey presto! Your video will have sound now" then I can't recommend it enough.

It would be sad to see it go.

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App devs bewildered by last-minute Google GDPR klaxon

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Oh how funny is this?

Mmmm... let me see, as I fire up my fave phone app.

Oh. It's asking me if I fancy being tracked?

Errrrr... I think not.

When will the ad pushers get it that what they are pushing nobody actually wants? Especially, WHY would I want ads personalised for me? To "improve" my experience? No thanks

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Commodore 64 owners rejoice: The 1541 is BACK

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Bang!

The main reason the heads became misaligned was because many commercial disks were deliberately formatted in a way that caused the drive to read a bad block - something to do with an anti-piracy mechanism. However this caused the drive to smash its heads against the end stop (often several times in very quick succession). No surprise it caused the failure rate to rocket.

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Publishers tell Google: We're not your consent lackeys

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Take the money and run

This "take the money, but accept absolutely no responsibility" thing is quite popular isn't it?

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Brit healthcare system inks Windows 10 install pact with Microsoft

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Re: For a laugh

Brilliant idea! It would certainly make passing patient data on to Google easier - the functionality is probably built-in :)

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Mozilla wants to seduce BOFHs with button-down Firefox

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Re: Put it out of its misery

I've probably been a bit slow to the party but I've just discovered Waterfox.

You could try it - it might just be what you're looking for

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Brit semiconductor tech ended up in Chinese naval railgun – report

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China

For decades, the US and Europe have been incredibly short-sighted in how they deal with China.

We have poured money into the country in the pursuit of [insert cheap commodity of your choice here], here in the UK, we have let them buy-out business after business. We're even letting them build and run a nuclear reactor for us, and it goes on and on and on

And while this is going on, you have a dictatorship running the place (China, not here :-)) of the likes never seen before in history, from a defence point of view they are much more dangerous than Russia ever was, and we point nuclear bombs at each other (just in case).

China is playing a very long game, and the rest of the world are walking straight into check-mate

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US Pentagon scrambles after Strava base leaks. Here's a summary of the new rules: 'Secure that s***, Hudson!'

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I'll be watching you

Of course, we need to get away from the apparently obsessive need to "share" everything we do. And we need laws to stop the obsessive collection of such data (though I fear it's WAY too late for that now).

Nobody seems to give a shit about their own privacy these days. In fact, we actively go out of our way to tell anyone who'll listen everything about ourselves.

And even when the consequences are pointed out, most people will just shrug and carry on regardless

It's as well we're destroying the planet we live on - we really are too stupid to live.

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Intellectual Property Office drops, er, patently cool cartoon to teach kids about trademarks

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Staggering

What an unbelievable waste of time and money.

Of course "intellectual property theft" isn't actually the least bit important. People dying of malnutrician and war could be considered important. Destroying the planet we live on could be considered important.

Bean counting is not.

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UK taxman has domain typo-squatter stripped of HMRC web addresses

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Re: Typo squatting for selling the domain is one thing

...well not really - you have to ask WHO might they sell the domain to? And for what purpose?

It sounds like all the domains held by this outfit ought to be examined and removed from their control - what possible legitimate reason could they have for wanting to hang on to them?

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Supremes asked to mull legality of Silicon Valley privacy 'slush funds'

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Eh?

OK, I admit it - I'm realy stupid, but I don't get it.

How can A sue B, and win, resulting in B paying damages to C? How can the court allow this? Why doesn't A go back to court and say "Oi, WTF???"

Indeed, WTF??? Bamboozled.

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UK security chief: How 'bout a tax for tech firms that are 'uncooperative' on terror content?

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Tax

It's amazing how governments think that all problems can be solved with tax. Some examples;-

Global warming

Flagrant abuse of the public's personal information

Ecological collapse

Food waste

Crap recycling facilities

Why bother actually trying to solve a problem when you can make money from it instead?

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It's a decade since DevOps became a 'thing' – and people still don't know what it means

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Re: Oh dear

In the interest of educating myself, can someone please explain who the "Ops" person/people are and why they might find it acceptable to be provided with (say) a super new software build from the "Dev" people that might be broken ("never mind the quality. feel the width") for a...

A/ Critical satellite comms system

B/ A heart monitor

C/ A railway signalling system

Just curious

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Rich 2

Oh dear

"developers need to think about the stability of the product as just as important as the features"

Soooo....

It's about doing your job properly then?

You may have guessed that I'm rather cynical about this sort of stuff. Along with Agile and eXtreme (bloody stupid name). Whenever I hear any of these names I think of spotty youths who can't be bothered to actually design something right the first time round and cirtainly can't be arsed to document anything.

And even if I get over my cynicism for a moment, it all assumes that the system you're working on can tolerate a half baked broken change. I've never worked on anything that can be anything other than working perfectly. You might get away with it on faecesbook or some such but contrary to what many seem to believe, not all software is related to running a web site. And your fancy DevOps etc often doesn't work in other environments

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French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk

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No flies on the EU there

"The fine comes as a result of that analysis. In 2014"

So it's taken them 3 years to analyse a privacy statement? Wow!!

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Virgin Media scales back Project Lightning target in first quarter results

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Bloody Virgin!

I wish they would scale back digging up our bloody village!!!

They are a pain in the bloody arse

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Trumping free trade: Say 'King of Bankruptcy' Ross does end up in charge of US commerce

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Bring it home

I'm no fan of Trump and I doubt he'll manage it but I see nothing wrong with bringing manufacturing back (his) home.

I find it astinishing that the US and the whole of Europe have spent the last 40 years POURING money into China. We don't even like them!! We don't trust them. Their govt is not very nice and they are using the money we gave them to screw us over and generally throw their weight around.

In the meantime we have created wastelands in our own countries with regard to employment and quality of life. Huge swaithes of the US and large parts of the UK.

And yes. Prices wil rise. But the benefits outweigh this enormously

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Rich 2

Bring it home

I'm no fan of Trump and I doubt he'll manage it but I see nothing wrong with bringing manufacturing back (his) home.

I find it astinishing that the US and the whole of Europe have spent the last 40 years POURING money into China. We don't even like them!! We don't trust them. Their govt is not very nice and they are using the money we gave them to screw us over and generally throw their weight around.

In the meantime we have created wastelands in our own countries with regard to employment and quality of life. Huge swaithes of the US and large parts of the UK.

And yes. Prices wil rise. But the benefits outweigh this enourmouy

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Visa cries foul over Euro regulator's stronger authentication demands

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Re: Ridiculous

Unfortunately this is not the case. The banks love to advertise that Jo Public will not be held liable for most fraud. This is true. However, the banks usually try and pass the costs on to the retailer - something the banks don't advertise quite so loudly. From previous experience running a small online retail outfit, I can say that the banks don't care a hoot about fraud. Yes, that may have to pay for some of it but it's more than offset by making card use as easy as possible and therefore increase volume of use - the cost of fraud to them is peanuts in the greater scheme of things.

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Hack us and you're basically attacking America, says UK defence sec

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Pull the plug

Instead of spending all this money, why don't they just unplug critical stuff from the internet? That's solve 99% of the problem

Yea, it would be inconvenient but this stuff worked before the internet became the free-for-all sewer that it is, so it ought to ati (mostly) work now

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

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Can they extend that....

....to everything else? I'm thinking "up to 90% off" and "up to 100% effective"

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

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Pointless

Completely agree I can't see any advantage to me at all in having one of these except possibly a time-related pricing scheme. Butt such a scheme is never going to save much (because the leccy company wouldn't want that) and who wants to have their washing machine rattling away in the middle of the night anyway? (yea ok - some people do).

As for all the rubbish about doing away with estimated bills, you can send meter reading in on-line now anyway (as previously mentioned).

I seriously question who (if anyone, including the leccy companies) will benefit from this?

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

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Re: Why doesn't Win10 support multiple drives better

More to the point, why does Windows still use device node ids as directory paths? Having to specify a drive letter in a directory path belongs in the Stone Age.

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League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

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Peru?

I always fail to understand why Americans file law suits in an American court against someone or something outside of America. What the hell do they expect the court to do about it????

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Chinese Android smartphone firm: It packs a dedicated crypto chip

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Cool

"Equivalent to a black box"

That must be well up there as one of the vaguest specs EVER. Almost as vague as the totally useless MS "office" ISO spec.

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The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!

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Language????

Errrr C or C++ ?

Because neither of these are used at all in the real world are they?

And WTF are Swift, C'Dent and Node? Oh and you forgot Twat

Clearly a competition that only the cool kids (ie those that don't actually work on anything real or important) can enter

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Microsoft releases open source bug-bomb in the rambling house of C

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Oh no

Oh great. MS fixing something that doesn't need fixing.

Personally I have never seen the point of adding buffer overrun errors into C. They cause nothing but grief. I stopped doing it 30 years ago.

The only excuse for it is incompetence. In which case, well, what do you expect?

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Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

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Re: Old news

Ok. Granted.

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Rich 2

Old news

I remember watching a documentary some years ago about this. A CT scanner was bully specially to examine it. They said back then (must have been 5 or so years ago now - not sure) that it predicted eclipses etc and explained how it worked.

All good stuff but not new news

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

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Yuk

The stuff makes me feel sick - my wife used one of these gut a short time and I had to vacate the area when she did.

Better than fags but not exactly clean.

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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

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FAIL

Re: Short term problem

Actually, most tellys now include some streaming services but in - the obvious one being freeview catch-up. Hence the need for network connectivity.

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

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Aspartame

Maybe we should also be concerned about all the chemical shit like aspartame which seems to be pretty much anything that is 'sugar free' - I'll take the sugar version any day

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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

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Ads

The fundamental problem with adverts is that nobody actually wants them.

It's no different to ads on the telly. Yes they find the station etc etc but that doesn't change the facts - the business is trying to shove stuff out to an audience that is t interested.

It's quite depressing that 99% of websites have so little imagination that they can't think of other ways to fund their product. As a result the whole internet has become one huge advertising platform to the point where it is pretty much it's raision d'être

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Paying a PoS*, USA? Your chip-and-PIN means your money's safer...

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Re: Blame the banks

Sorry. That should've card. Nor Car's. Bloody phone!

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Rich 2

Blame the banks

The reason Car's fraud is so common is because for the most part it doesn't cost the banks anything. If it's not the innocent punter that foots the bill then it's the equally innocent retailer. The banks are happy to refuse to accept responsibility and u til they are forced to, it won't change

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Not surprising

Not at all surprising when most web pages seem to drag in one or more mb of JavaScript libraries (and then use 5% of them) because their authors don't have the know-how or inclination to do something more intelligent.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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ZFS and GNU

What has any of this got to do twitch GNU AND that Stallman ...person?

Surely, if there is any legal issue at all it is up to the Linux people to make a noise (if they want to). Just because GNU provide the licence words, it doesn't give them the right to dictate to the Linux people how it should be used

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Adobe issues patch to nix its Mac-killing Creative Cloud update

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What????

Even for Adobe, that's quite crap!

Please stop releasing software Adoobe. ANY software. You're not very good at it.

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Untamed pledge() aims to improve OpenBSD security

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Re: Stupid idea

If you get the pledge right then the only way the program can break its own rules is if it's corrupted in some way. Why would you want such a program to carry on running?

If you get the pledge wrong then you don't understand what your program is doing. In which case, you definitely don't want it to run!

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El Reg celebrates Back to the Future Day

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Stuff

i call this one the "Pepsi Challenge". All you have to do is correctly guess which sugar-laden drink will rot your teeth, make you fat, and promote diabetes and osteoporosis the fastest.

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Standards body wants standards for IoT. Vendors don't care

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Re: Fridge on the Net

I really don't see the point of the IoT thingie. A fridge that can tell you when it goes wrong? That would be an idea except how often does your fridge go wrong? Every 15 years. 10 if it's a really crappy one? It's just not worth it.

As for re-ordering some milk when you run out - well if you're too bloody lazy to make a shopping list then there's no hope.

Maybe a toaster that emails you when it pops up? Or a washing machine that ....errrr randomly emails you to tell you to do some washing? Goodness knows.

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We made a new Do Not Track thing – not like you'll use it or anything, huffs emo teen EFF

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.....or

just install ghostery

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Sue us for Safari ad tracking? You'll be lucky, peons, cackles Google

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Money

why does there have to be a "financial loss" for the case to be considered?

Not everything is about money

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